A Modern Green Farmhouse In Massachusetts

ZeroEnergy Design, an architectural and energy consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts, now has a bright green feather in its cap, as its Concord Green Home, a modern farmhouse style residence, recently received a Merit Award in the 2011 EcoHome Design Awards from EcoHome Magazine.

This award was created to recognize homes built according to sustainable building practices that demonstrate “innovative design and thoughtful use of site and materials.”

Concord Green Home

image via ZeroEnergy Design

Green features of the Concord Green Home include passive solar design, a fresh air ventilation system with energy recovery, a whole house HEPA filtration system, radiant and radiator heating distribution, low/no VOC materials, natural daylighting, an improved building envelope and efficient mechanical systems, collectively achieving overall energy performance of 50% better than code.

This is the second year that ZeroEnergy Design has received a design award from EcoHome Magazine. Other key players in the Concord Green Home include Connor Homes (for the panelized construction system and additional architecture), AEDI Construction (for general contracting), and Kauffman Tharp Design (for interior design).

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.